bloc // April 14, 2011

Simon Mundy ⁄⁄

Simon Mundy is a poet, festival director, broadcaster and cultural policy adviser. He is Director of the Centre for the Cultural Environment at King’s College, London.

He has worked as an adviser for UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the UN Mission in Kosovo as well as many non-governmental organisations including the Ford Foundation, the European Cultural Foundation and the International Music Council. He was the Director of the UK’s National Campaign for the Arts from 1989 -1993 and a co-founder and first President of the European Forum for the Arts and Heritage. He has directed festivals in Scotland and the Netherlands and written several books on musicians (including biographies of Elgar, Purcell and Tchaikovsky).

Three books of his poems have been published and among his other books are Making It Home: Europe and the Politics of Culture, and the Council of Europe’s Short Guide to Cultural Policy, as well as a novel, Seeking the Spoils (using the pen name James Eno).

He is also Vice-President of the Presteigne Festival and a Trustee of the European Baroque Orchestra, The Sidney Nolan Trust and the Asian Music Centre. He has broadcast on BBC Radio for more that 25 years and written on the arts for most of Britain’s major newspapers.